After nearly 47 years, Parnassus is closing.

After nearly 47 years, Parnassus is closing. It has been an exhilarating and wonderful adventure to publish a literary magazine that was in the thick of evaluating new poetry from all corners of the world. Our final issue, our 52nd, will b published in two or three weeks. Here are some of its highlights:

  • a tribute to Max Ritvo, a brilliantly talented young poet who died of cancer at the much-too-young-age of 25, featuring three unpublished poems by Max, a reminiscence of him by Herbert Leibowitz, six poems by Elizabeth Metzger, Max’s “soul twin,” and a review, by Julian Gewirtz of Max’s first book Four Reincarnations;
  • four posthumous poems of Lucie Brock-Broido;
  • Rachel Eliza Griffiths’ poignant, elegiac memory of her mother in words and photographs;
  • a poem by A.E. Stallings of the Minotaur and an artwork by Daniel Maidman of the same Greek mythic figure;
  • nine monologues by Susan Yankowitz from her various plays;
  • a review of the late Bill Knott’s poems by Robert Archambeau;
  • Mark Polizzotti’s provocative look at Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo and Stuart Klawan’s trenchant analysis of Preston Sturges’ The Great McGinty;
  • poems by Eric Ormsby and David Mason about grandmothers;
  •  four poems by Clare Rossini about art and three autobiographical poems by Mary Karr;
  • essays that lead the reader into quirky places, like Alex Ross’ piece on Pierre Boulez’s setting of a Mallarmé poem;

As a special gift, each buyer of this issue of Parnassus will receive Orphic Machine, a CD featuring the brilliant jazz clarinetist, Ben Goldberg.

480 pages and a haunting CD, all for the bargain price of $15! You can obtain a copy through the PayPal link on our website, or mail a check, payable to Poetry In Review Foundation. We will ship a copy to you as fast as we can.

I salute all poetry lovers who have supported Parnassus over the years and enabled us to survive for nearly half a century. 

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Publisher & Editor: Herbert LEIBOWITZ
Co-Editor: Ben DOWNING
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